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Posted On: 7 October 2021 10:00 am
Updated On: 13 October 2021 09:47 am

Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 84 Updates

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Did you know that this week (30 September- 6 October 2021) saw 1 death on 30 September 2021 due to COVID-19? The maximum recoveries in a day were 159 (2 October 2021), while 99 (2 & 6 October 2021) was the highest number of newly infected cases. Here are the latest updated weekly trends in terms of recoveries, new cases, and deaths related to the current COVID-19 situation.

From 30 September 2021- 6 October 2021, 39 people were referred to the Public Prosecution for not wearing masks.

Here are the latest updates on the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions effective 3 October 2021.

    Note: As per COVID-19 restrictions set by the government, please make sure to abide by the COVID-19 precautionary measures such as wearing a mask as per the conditions stated, physical distancing, showing your Ehteraz green status, and frequent hand washing.

      Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (30 September - 6 October 2021)

      Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (30 September - 6 October 2021)
      Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (30 September - 6 October 2021)

      On average there have been 84 new cases per day over the last week (30 September- 6 October 2021). With the highest number of cases being reported on 2 & 6 October 2021 (99 cases) and the lowest numbers on 5 October 2021 (58 cases).

      Daily recoveries in Qatar (30 September - 6 October 2021)

      Daily recoveries in Qatar (30 September - 6 October 2021)
      Daily recoveries in Qatar (30 September - 6 October 2021)

      On average there have been 119 recoveries per day over the last week (30 September-6 October 2021). With the highest number of recoveries being reported on 2 October (159 recoveries) and the lowest number of recoveries on 30 September (91 recoveries).

      Daily deaths in Qatar (30 September - 6 October 2021)

      Daily deaths in Qatar (30 September - 6 October 2021)
      Daily deaths in Qatar (30 September - 6 October 2021)

      From 30 September-6 October 2021, the total number of deaths recorded was 1 on 30 September 2021.

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      COVID-19 updates in Qatar

      Current COVID-19 status

      • In recent weeks the combined impact of COVID-19 restrictions and increasing vaccination rates, and the overwhelming support of the community, has resulted in a consistent reduction in the number of new daily infections in the country.
      • However, it is still important to be cautious as the second wave is not yet over and there are still two highly contagious and highly virulent strains of the virus that are actively circulating in the community.
      • Phase Four of the Gradual Lifting of Restrictions began on 3 October 2021 and is part of the four-phase plan to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar.
      • For now, it is important that people, including those who are vaccinated, continue to wear a mask as advised and maintain social distancing.

        COVID-19 vaccines currently accepted in Qatar

        • Approved vaccines:
          • Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) - Two Doses
          • Moderna (SpikeVax) - Two Doses
          • AstraZeneca (Covishield / Oxford / Vaxzevria​) - Two Doses
          • Jansen / Johnson & Johnson (only one dose)
        • Conditionally approved vaccines:
          • Sinopharm vaccine - Two Doses
          • Sinovac - Two Doses
          • Sputnik V - Two Doses

        Please note the below points as per MOPH's announcement:

        1. Serology Antibody test with a positive result is mandatory before travelling to Qatar for people with two doses of a conditionally approved vaccines and 14 days after the second dose, in which case only the traveler will be considered fully immune.
        2. People who have received two doses of a conditionally approved vaccine followed by one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and after 14 days from the last dose will be considered fully immune.
        3. Travelers who are fully immunized outside Qatar with a vaccine recognized by the Ministry of Public Health of Qatar are required to submit the original vaccine certificate and other supporting documents written in Arabic or English proving that they have obtained the vaccine, as follows:
        • The name of the traveler must be identical to that on the passport.
        • Dose dates by vaccine type (one dose for Jansen vaccine and two doses for other vaccines).
        • Type/name of vaccine.
        • The serial number of the vaccine batch (if any).

          Latest vaccine updates

          • 4,744,058 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the program.
          • 82.4% of the total population are now fully vaccinated with two doses.
          • The Ministry of Public Health's online registration form for the COVID-19 vaccine is open to citizens and residents who want to register their desire to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
          • Check out our video on how you can register for the COVID-19 vaccination in Qatar: How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar?
          • Here are some important tips for people taking the COVID-19 vaccine, as said by MoPH official:
            • If a person had come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the date for taking the second dose should be delayed for 14 days from the date of contact.
            • The person will be fully protected from COVID-19 infection after a week or two from taking the second dose of the vaccine.
          • Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Home Healthcare Service (HHS) is administering the COVID-19 vaccine to its registered housebound patients to protect them against the disease.
          • The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) clarified that there is no evidence that any of the vaccines can affect the fertility of women or men.
          • Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) announced that the Women's Wellness and Research Center (WWRC) has launched a Virtual Consultation Service to answer questions related to COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy. Users can call the hotline on 3343 8436, from Sunday to Thursday, 8 am to 2 pm.
          • The Ministry of Public Health has established a call center at the National COVID-19 Contact Centre (16000) which is dedicated to answering questions and inquiries related to the COVID-19 virus and assisting the elderly aged 60 and above in accessing a range of key services.
          • The new Qatar Vaccination Center – for Business and Industry Sector as the Center began operations. It is one of the largest vaccination centers in the world.
          • From 18 June 2021, drive-through COVID-19 swabbing will operate from 4 pm to 11 pm at select health centers, according to Primary Health Care Corporation.
          • The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) had announced that people can now book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment via its bilingual Nar’aakom App.
          • The latest statistics published by 'Our World in Data', a scientific online publication compiling COVID-19 vaccination data from around the world, shows Qatar is ranked second in the world for the percentage of the population that have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, among countries with a population of more than one million.
          • The Ministry of Public Health, as of 15 September 2021, began administering Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for all high-risk individuals who had their second dose of the vaccine more than eight months ago.

          COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar as per age

          • Starting from 16 May 2021, parents can register their children who are aged between 12 and 15 for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar.
          • Children aged from 12 to 15 years are to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar.
          • Ministry of Public Health urges people over 60 years old and who have not received COVID-19 vaccination yet to call 4027 7077 and book an appointment.
          • The Ministry of Public Health also confirmed that all people aged over 30 are eligible to receive the vaccine in Qatar.
          • The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), has announced that the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) approves a third vaccine dose against COVID-19 for individuals with Immuno-Suppressive Conditions.

          COVID-19 vaccination certificate and EHTERAZ App

          • All individuals who have received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will automatically have a vaccination certificate available for them in the MyHealth Patient Portal.
          • Check out our video on how you can download the COVID-19 vaccination certificate: How to download your COVID-19 vaccination certificate?
          • According to MoPH, 7 days after the second dose of the vaccine, a Golden Frame will appear around the QR code in the EHTERAZ App. In the “Vaccination” tab, your vaccination details will be displayed after 7 days from the second dose, including the date of the doses and the name of the vaccine received.
          • EHTERAZ app has released an update on 12 September 2021 with new details included. This update includes a section for the third COVID-19 vaccine booster dose information.

          Quarantine and travel information

          Tests approved by MoPH

          • MOPH releases a new price for PCR test in Qatar starting 6 October 2021. The maximum price for a PCR test is set at QR 160.
          • Here are the 90 MoPH approved health facilities to conduct COVID-19 rapid tests.
          • As per the Cabinet announcement on 29 September 2021, all employees and workers in the public and private sectors who are not fully vaccinated must oblige to conduct a Rapid Antigen test on a weekly basis. Employees are exempted from conducting this examination if they have completed doses of the vaccine, and this also applies to those who have recovered from the disease.

          What you can do

          • With COVID-19 still a threat to our health here in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures:
            • Adherence to physical distancing.
            • Avoiding close contact with others, crowded places, and confined closed spaces where other people congregate.
            • Wearing a face mask.
            • Washing hands regularly.
          • People should take the COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest opportunity when their turn comes.
          • Anyone suffering from COVID-19 symptoms should contact the 16000 helpline immediately. This is important as the earlier disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.

          Source: Ministry of Public Health Qatar

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